Navy refutes reported attack on its officers by militants
Nigerian Navy, High Command has described as fake purported attack on its personnel by agitators of Biafra at Oron, Akwa Ibom State.
Navy spokesman, Suleman Dahun, who debunked the report, said the attention of the Nigerian Navy (NN) was drawn to the news story trending on various social media platforms since yesterday, which reported that one naval officer was killed by a militant group identified as ‘Black Marine’ at Oron Beach.
Dahun said: “The group, according to the report, is suspected to be the armed wing of Biafra Nations League (BNL) which is a separatist group operating at the Bakassi Peninsula.
“This purported incident has been investigated and found to be false. The public is therefore requested to note that no such incident occurred at the Beach. Additionally, it is to be noted that there has never been any activity of BNL at the Beach and in Oron generally both in the past and as at the time of the investigation.”
He added: “The beach was observed to be calm and peaceful while all operators were conducting their activities unhindered.”
“The social media report could be considered to be ‘Fake News’. It should therefore be disregarded in its entirety, as it could be propaganda by BNL to deliberately cause panic and apprehension at the popular Oron Beach.
“However, the Naval units and formations have been directed to intensify patrols to reassure legitimate business men in that general area of their safety and security.”